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The status of hearing impaired students at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań EFC Research Forum Stakeholders’ Conference RESEARCH AND SOCIAL INNOVATION: THE POTENTIAL FOR EUROPEAN FOUNDATIONS TO PAVE THE WAY 9 -10 February 2012 Cosmo Caixa , Barcelona, Spain .

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The status of hearing impaired students at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań

EFC Research Forum Stakeholders’ Conference RESEARCH AND SOCIAL INNOVATION: THE POTENTIAL FOR EUROPEAN FOUNDATIONS TO PAVE THE WAY

9 -10 February 2012 Cosmo Caixa, Barcelona, Spain


The University in deafchildrenin basic level of education:

  • are directed most often to special schools or education and upbringing institutions with dormitories;

  • Polish is only one of courses in their curriculum, and is not used in every day communication;

  • Test the children undergo at these schools and institutions are designed to realize specific issues included in the curriculum, or only concentrate on some parts of the language system.


What makes starting studies at AM University in U difficult to deafstudents?

  • A sign language interpreter is not routinelyavailableat AMU. Studentscan apply to have such an interpreter, financed by the state fund for disabled persons (PFRON), but – due to a lack of finance – such interpretersare rarely provided;

  • Students cannot participate actively in classes due to a lack of loudspeakerfacilities in the classrooms;

  • Itisacceptediftestswritteninclassareincorect(spelling, grammar), but respectediftheyoccurinhomework.

  • No classes of practical learning of Polish are provided in the curriculum.


What University in I did to changethissituation?

  • Thanks to the support of the authorities of my institutetwousefulcourseshavebeenorganised: for students of theFaculty of PolishPhilology and similar one for the scientific and administrativestaff of theUniversity;

  • I started co-operating with theAssociation of Disabled Students “Ad Astra” operating at AMU;

  • In 2009 I organized a scientific and integration camp entitled“Between Silence and Silence”. The curriculum of the camp included Polish Sign Language courses (Beginner and Advancedlevels), pantomime workshops, and theoretical lectures on the Polish Sign Language and discussions on the status of hearing impaired persons in Poland – facts and myths. The Wielkopolska Chapter of the Polish Deaf People Association became the honorary patron of the camp.


What else have I achieved? University in

Pantomime workshops

  • Visual and spacial, workshopsand themovement componentswhich need to be included in the process of communicatingwithhearing impaired people,

  • These workshops are designed to help bothhearing persons (to learn body language), as well as the hearing impaired ones, who tend to be more impulsive and over-react, which can cause continuous through stress attempting to adopt to the world of the hearing person. This is why substitute ways of communication are so important – they allow communication barriers to be overcome.

  • Elements of pantomime allow the hearing persons to become familiarized with the way hearing impaired people communicate, and facilitate perception.


The University in practicalclasses of Polishlanguage for hearingimpairedstudents

Since October 2010 thesestudents have been offered Polish language classes, using a curriculum, which I developed, with the focus on practical issues. Thanks to thesupport of the Vice-Rector for Scientific Matters, classes take place twice a week, and last 90 minutes.

Ouraimsare:

  • Development of practical skills of using Polish in speaking and writing;

  • Enrichment of information on Polish language structure and its sub-systems;

  • Development of language consciousness;

  • Development of specific language skills, e. g. reading comprehension and writing;

  • Development of knowledge on issues of the correct use of language.


How University in do we measuresuccess?

Itistooearly to providestatistical proof of success, but thestudents’ gradesareimproving and

MORE IMPORTANTLY

theyaremoreenthusiastic and participateinuniversity’s life morethanbefore.

What’smoreapplications to join my coursesareincreasing.

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Thank University in you for yourattention!

Contact:

Karolina Ruta, Ph.D.

Adam Mickiewicz University

Poznań, POLAND

e-mail: [email protected]


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